Going green at Ellis Elementary School

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 8:23 am on Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Ellis Elementary School second grade students Kysa Johnson, 8, left, and Lauren Antcliff, 8, work together to plant a tree on the school grounds Wednesday morning in Belding. (Daily News | Cory Smith)


BELDING — In association with Arbor Day, and achieving Ellis Elementary School’s goal of achieving “Green School” status, students at the school planted trees and flowers throughout the school grounds Wednesday morning.

After receiving a donation of 100 Blue Spruce trees from Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures Inc. in Belding, second grade teacher JoAnne Harrell taught her students how to properly plant the trees on school property west of the school.
“This was a project we started in 2007,” Harrell said. “It’s always fun for the students to plant their trees and come back years later to see how they’ve grown.”

Principal Tiffany Jackson said the school has implemented many green and environmental programs into the school curriculum.

“The school has been working very hard to maintain its status as a green school with the Michigan Conservation Department,” she said. “We strive throughout the year with initiatives to celebrate our green school. It’s all hands on learning and the students get very excited about it.”

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